Brose Baskets Bamberg: Goldsberry (3), Nachbar (20), Jacobsen, Gavel (5), Zirbes (8) –starting five-, Gipson (5), Tadda (1), Neumann (1), Ford (2), Williams (8) and Jacobsen (7).
Referees: Ankarali, Zamojski and Lopes.
Barça Regal needed an evening like this following their two opening league defeats, putting in a serious and convincing performance to see off Brose Baskets Bamberg in their opening Euroleague game. Barça dominated from the off and an electric first quarter laid the foundations for an entertaining win, with Navarro and Jasikevicius giving the fans plenty to cheer in the team’s best game of the season so far. Although the match drifted away in the final quarter, this was the kind of European debut that the team really needed.
Fifteen point flurry proves decisive
The first seven attempts at a basket all failed – (three from the home team and four from the visitors), before the dangerous looking Nachbar put the first three points on the board. That was to prove an illusion though as Barça Regal powered ahead, scoring 15 points without reply, as the team upped their intensity in defence, putting together some fluent collective play and creating chances aplenty for the sharp looking Mickeal and Tomic. In contrast, the Germans could only manage one from nine shots in the first five minutes.
The Barça bench were helping out in defence and attack, with Jawai making a great block with his first action on court. Navarro was back and the Catalans superiority was clear from the 26-9 score at the end of the quarter, with Nachbar the only visitor to score in the first 10 minutes.
Welcome back Saras
Barça Regal stretched their lead to 20 points at the beginning of the second quarter, but the visitors then began to fight back, with a flurry of seven points forcing Xavi Pascual to call a time out with the scores at 32-19 on 13 minutes. That saw Jasikevicius make his return at the Palau, nine years after his last appearance and with the Lithuanian pulling the strings and supplying the superb Tomic and the authoritative Wallace, they cruised to a 43-26 lead at the break.
Nothing much changed in the third quarter, with both teams exchanging baskets – Mickeal and Lorbek for Barça and Nachbar for Brose being the main protagonists, but Barça were well in control and stretched to a 63 -39 lead on 27 minutes with Tomic 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, particularly impressive.
Last quarter slips away
With the result pretty much decided, Brose Basket scored four points without any response and moved to 64-48 on 32 minutes and the quarter proved to be the hardest for Barça to impose themselves in, as they began to lose more balls and miss more three pointers, hardly scoring any points at all, as the Germans crept to within 12 points at the end of the match.